Monday, December 15, 2008

The AP has a Global Warming Freakout!

Is it the fact that gloabal warming has been kicked to the back burner (so to speak) by more pressing needs such as the ability to aquire work, food, gas, and shelter that has sent the AP off the deep end?

Well, the AP is gonna try to bring it back to the forefront, even if insanely over-the-top reputation-destroying hyperbole is the only way to do it...some samples of their work:

When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, global warming was a slow-moving environmental problem that was easy to ignore. Now it is a ticking time bomb that President-elect Barack Obama can't avoid...

Global warming is accelerating. Time is close to running out, and Obama knows it....

Obama is pushing changes in the way Americans use energy, and produce greenhouse gases, as part of what will be a massive economic stimulus. He called it an opportunity "to re-power America."

Scientists are increasingly anxious, talking more often and more urgently about exceeding "tipping points."
"We're out of time," Stanford University biologist Terry Root said. "Things are going extinct."

Scientists fear that what's happening with Arctic ice melt will be amplified so that ominous sea level rise will occur sooner than they expected. They predict Arctic waters could be ice-free in summers, perhaps by 2013, decades earlier than they thought only a few years ago.

Obama is stacking his Cabinet and inner circle with advocates who have pushed for deep mandatory cuts in greenhouse gas pollution and even with government officials who have achieved results at the local level.

Yeah, in California and New Jersey, where both economies are a total wreck - hey, let's bring that negative progression nationwide! Sure, people are going broke at an amazing rate in "green" states, but at least they'll starve breathing 0.00000001% cleaner air!

They end with a joke:

Ironically, 2008 is on pace to be a slightly cooler year in a steadily rising temperature trend line. Experts say it's thanks to a La Nina weather variation. While skeptics are already using it as evidence of some kind of cooling trend, it actually illustrates how fast the world is warming.

Ah, OK. Because we are in a cooling tend, that means we are actually in a warming trend, and anyone who says the opposite is a "skeptic", and thus less informed than the AP.

There is so much evidence to refute this nonsense printed under the guise of news I don't know where to begin (although you can make a start, and follow the links from here). So just look again at that last sentence, and note the contortions they must put themselves through to make their global warming case salient.

If you need to use argumentations such as "well, if up was down and black were white then "A" would be true" to make your case, ain't got a case. Shame on you, AP, for trying to scare people with made-up monster stories, when we have so many real bogeymen - the crashing economy, crazy oil prices, foreign terrorists, plunging home values, and Barack Obama - to worry about...

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